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RIYL: Ben Kweller, Sharon Van Etten, of Montreal

My apologies for the extended break from RIYL, but we're back this week, and I think it's a good week to be back. In case you're not paying attention, there's a lot of great records coming out next week, including Ben Kweller, Sharon Van Etten, and of Montreal.



Golden Bloom publicitiy photoFirst up is Ben Kweller. I've truthfully not paid much attention to him myself, but people with good taste seem to tell me he's great, so I'll take their word for it. Everything I've read seems to point to his upcoming album, Go Fly A Kite, as being more energetic and eclectic, so I hope the change works. I guess we'll have to wait and see what next week brings. In the mean time, to get you Ben Kweller fix, be sure to listen to Golden Bloom, who has been busy himself with some shows across the country, opening for Adam Arcuragi and playing with fellow GLGer's Neutral Uke Hotel and Michael J. Epstein.



Anyone who knows me knows that I've been incredibly excited for Sharon Van Etten's new album, Tramp. She's also planned some tour support for this album (for the Michiganders reading this, she'll be playing Calvin College February 15 with Shearwater). While you're most certainly anticipating that record, give kayln rock's album Passenger a few spins. Seriously, I urge any Sharon Van Etten fans to give her a listen - she's got that singer-songwriter approach, but for a debut album of her own, I think she's got a sound strong enough to stand out on her own as well.




Last but certainly not least are indie rock superstars of Montreal. Admittedly, I haven't much listened to them outside of their 2007 release, Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?, but I will say that I absolutely loved that album, and I love their willingness to think outside the box and experiment a little bit. I suspect that their 10th studio album will be much of the same great tunes that's kept their fans coming back for years. So, if you need something to bridge the gap until the, check out Sweden's Stars in Coma. They're new to GLG, but their upcoming album Midnight Puzzle is cool record, full of experimental twists and turns.


I also need to throw out an honorable mention for Van Halen, back with their first studio album in 14 years!


Wanna hear my suggestions in full? Check them out here on Spotify!

  1. Ben Kweller - "Sundress"
  2. Golden Bloom - "You Go On (& On)"
  3. Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library - "The Weeping Song"
  4. Sharon Van Etten - "Serpents"
  5. kayln rock - "Valentine"
  6. Shearwater - "Rooks"
  7. Sharon Van Etten - "One Day"
  8. of Montreal - "Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games"
  9. Stars in Coma - "Paint My Picture on the Thick Shell"
  10. of Montreal - "Gronlandic Edit"
  11. Van Halen - "Hot for Teacher"


Every week, we'll tell you about a few of our favorite records coming out for the week and a few of our bands that we recommend if you like. Not as a, "Hey, this band sounds exactly like that band," but as more of a, "As a music fan, you might enjoy something similar."

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